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, tonight is michelle obama's turn. she's not going to have to work as hard to convince folks that president obama is likable. take a look at this recent poll. this is a "washington post" poll. 61% of registered voters say that the president seems more friendly and likable compared to 27% for romney. we're going to have more ahead, what we can expect from the first lady. >>> also coming up, the spotlight tonight on a rising star in the democratic party. we're talking about san antonio julian castro following in the footsteps of bill clinton and barack obama, hoping he'll appeal to the growing latino population. here's a look at the man and the mission that he's facing. >> it's been my pleasure to serve as mayor. >> reporter: meet julian castro, popular latino mayor of san antonio, texas, and a darling of the democratic base who will deliver the keynote speech at the national convention in charlotte. democrats have a long tradition of rolling out the party's rising stars for such an honor. >> the keynote speech is to set the tone for the entire convention. >> we will have a new president of t
of san antonio. finally, first lady michelle obama. this of course is not michelle obama as per speech of the national convention. she spoke about her husband four years ago at the democratic convention. her remarks run about 40 minutes. [applause] as you might imagine, for barack, running for president is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother, craig. i can't tell you how much it means to have craig and my mom here tonight. like craig, i can feel my dad looking down on us, just as i've felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life. and at six-foot-six, i've often felt like craig was looking down on me, too, literally. but the truth is, both when we were kids and today, craig wasn't looking down on me, he was watching over me. and he has been there for me every step of the way since that clear day, february, 19 months ago, when, with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change, we joined my husband, barack obama, on the improbable journey that has led us to this moment. but each of us comes here also by way of our own improbab
gave himself and incomplete. we take that appear tonight. also at the convention, pursley michele obama tonight with a full on speech about her ambitions for another four years. can the democrats make an effective case for four more years in white the white house? the author of the best-selling book, aaron klein joins us. he is the author of "fool me twice." glad blakeman joining us as well. nancy pelosi stands idly by. all of that here tonight and more. one of the most important questions facing voters this year is has the president delivered on his promises to the american people. president obama himself refusing to give his performance on the economy a letter grade. as the national debt today hits $16 trillion. the president, settling instead for incomplete. the third time in as many years that he is offered that assessment. and a serious change in tone from four years ago when senator obama told voters that he knew he had only one term to turn things around. >> one nice thing about the situation i find myself in is that i will be held accountable. i have for years. a year from now c
. his brother is in politics as well. michelle obama has a speech in prime time and her job will be very similar to ann romney's job, which is accent wait the personal and highlighting president obama as a father and family man. dana bash, what do you expect her to say? >> looking back four years ago, she was kind of seen as a potential liability. she was kind of harsh and the goal was to soften her. >> now she's so much more popular -- >> he wishes he had her approval numbers. >> which tends to happen with first ladies. kind of val dater for her husband. and her speech will talk about her own accomplishments and some of the things she's done in the white house with children and with -- >> the whole health. >> nutrition and things like that. those are some of the things i'm told she'll talk about. >> the big event will be julian castro's speech. i didn't realize that's the first time a latino -- that stuns me for democrats and republicans. i find it shocking. >> it is given how important that section of the electorate is. he's 37 years old. he's an identical twin. >> his brother likes to
to the speech and dr. joe biden is here already first lady michelle obama is also here awaiting president bill clinton's speech but right now let's go to my colleague time and given he spoke with another speaker chicagos very own congressman gutierrez. we have been talking to an awful lot of folks here and excitement building with the president in town there is also talk of a presidential camille following the speech by president bill clinton as for the illinois delegation another busy day and night for them. >> this election will determine whether high school valedictorians football team captains in student council presidents will be treated with respect or treated like suspects whether they reach their dreams or whether mitt romney turns their dreams into nightmares. congressman gutierrez addressing what he called americans broken immigration system his fear that it from the administration will further set us back. the mayor of the city of chicago is taking some time to be here and i think he can actually walk and chew gum at the same time, i am very confident that he can do both things. i
until tonight at 6 p.m. we're going to have some big speakers including our first lady, michelle obama. but right now they're just running through a little of the music, making sure off the ts are crossed and is are dotted so that things go off without a hitch. >>> the white house is also dealing today with some fallout from an interview the president did last night. at issue now is a remark the president made when he was asked to rate his performance on the economy. listen here. >> your party says you inherited a bad situation. you've had three-and-a-half years to fix it. what grade would you give yourself so far for doing that? >> you know, i would say incomplete. megyn: republicans are hitting away at that remark, pointing out that the president has had three-and-a-half years to address the economy. we will hear the campaign's response just ahead, and we'll have a fair and balanced debate with joe trippi and karl rove. also getting attention today, our nation inching closer to a new benchmark finishing national debt, expected to hit the $16 trillion mark later this evening. on the h
speech for michelle obama. big show for you this morning. we're going to be talking to chicago's mayor and former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel. robert gibbs, the former white house spokesman turned campaign adviser is with us. san antonio mayor julian castro and along with his twin brother, texas state rep joaquin castro and the actor john leguizamo is with us. "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody, our team with us this morning, dana bash, senior congressional correspondent and danle malloy and ryan liz za, the washington correspondent for the new yorker. how are you holding up, ryan? yeah, both of us, holding up. our "starting point" this morning is hail to the mom in chief as we heard michelle obama say. first lady firing up the delegates on the first night of the democratic national convention, rousing speech that was political and also very personal. another headliner was the san antonio mayor julian castro, one of the party's rising stars. he's the first latino to ever deliver a democratic keynote address. you see him hugging his twin brother. they look
impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reaction live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke. at times she was fiery.
. castro kicks things off tuesday. he'll be joined by the first lady michelle obama and former president jimmy carter via video. wednesday, bill clinton, the president's new bff, and thursday, joe biden and president obama accept the party's nomination and speak to the future. other big speakers this week include elizabeth warren, harris, john kerry, rahm emanuel, sandra fluke. we start with steve kornacki in charlotte with an adoring crowd behind him. as much in love with steve as we are. how about that, you're a rock star, brother. >> it's not just me. it's you too. i feel like lee corso on game day with this giant crowd behind me. i need head gear to put on later or something, but you can tell, i think, from the reaction of the crowd behind me, there is, i'm picking up walking around here today and talking to people, a lot of optimism among the democrats here. i think it comes from what you just mentioned, toure, the polling right now coming off the republican convention last week suggests a minimal at best bounce for mitt romney so i think there's a sense from democrats things didn't
are you better off. tonight is basically about michele obama if i have it right. stuart: the bank's strength of the regular politicians, the democrats is week tonight. that is not good. >> no it isn't and those are the facts. democrats have michele, bill and barack. stuart: what do you think michele obama will say. >> she will talk about her husband's compassion and concern for people and the middle-class. far better liked than he is and she will try to transfer some of her popularity into empathy for a president who lost the mantle of hope and change. stuart: $16 trillion crossing the mark? >> it underscore is the huge issues we face. bill clinton will speak to that wednesday night i suspect. stuart: the democrats are going into this on the defense. as they start their conference they are on the defense. >> they are on the defense but to win the election they have got to keep mitt romney and the republicans on their back and so far there is a good chance they can do that. charles: i find it ironic that we can't half ago everyone senate romney has to be human and shows he is a fan
how much money you make but the difference you make in people's lives. >> first lady michelle obama at the democratic national convention last night making the case for re-electing her husband the president. in the next hour of "squawk on the street" we'll go to charlotte to the dnc and get a live interview with the cofounder of costco, the former ceo who has had long standing support for the democratic party. we'll talk more about that, 10:30 a.m. eastern time right here on "squawk on the street." he has put his money where his mouth is and tried to keep it a little more quiet during his tenure, active tenure as ceo, jim, but now that he is basically retired -- >> wasn't that something, your documentary remains the best way to understand this man's thinking and how he offers the best single employment plan of any private company i could find which is why, carl, how important is retention of employees? with retail it can be as high as 50%. >> amazing story. >>> facebook ceo mark zuckerberg will make his first public appearance tuesday since the tumultuous ipo in may. it will take pl
. there is a quotation where he talks about michele obama doesn't like hillary clinton and referred tow her as a snake in the past. just remember they don't like each other. >> gretchen: we are hours away from the dnc. and there is a look at who will be center stage to make the case for the president. >> for a lot of people first lady michele obama will be the highlighted speaker but the mayor of san antonio will deliver the key note tonight. mrs. -- the first lady toured the stage and getting familiar with the hall. the audience mostly workers and many of whom are still arriving and many were delayed by the thunderstorms. president obama toured some of the damage boy louisiana. consoling the victims and thanking the first responders. he celebrated labor day and aiming to block mitt romney's road to the white house. >> it is working people like you who have to lay the cornerstones. things that people take for granted and were not always there. 40 hour workweek. weekends, paid leave, pensions, the minimum wage, health care, social security, and medicare. >> here in north carolina paul ryan is aiming to
of xcompetitive people. one person in the entire circle more competitive than him and that's michelle obama. this is someone who wants to win and gets very fired up. >> she doesn't come off that way. >> believe me, she wants to win even more badly than he does. >> you've written two books on president obama. you did "renegade" all about the campaign and then you did did "revival" the first two years of the presidency. how did you come to do those books? >> well, what's that woody allen line about09% of life is just showing up? i showed up. i showed up from springfield, illinois, all the way through to the end of the obama campaign on election night four years ago and, you know, you build up relationships and experiences and a perspective and so there were surprisingly few people who followed the whole journey. you couldn't understand the campaign unless were you in iowa in 2007 and i was and so that it self led to the first book and i thought the first book, the campaign was one thing but governing had proved so difficult and such a challenge. a fundamental challenge not just because of the
. this has huge political implications as it comes after first lady michelle obama speaks to the dnc. there is a huge economic warning signal being made here. number one, $16 trillion worth of debt which means we owe more than our economy produces in any one year. our debt is bigger than our economy. secondly, we're now going to be paying close to $10 billion a week in interest alone. about a half trillion a year. 10 billion a week. up from nine billion last year. and about a quarter of that interest will be paid to foreigners. it will go out of the country. japan, china, britain, they're the three major holders of our debt. they all get about a quarter of all of this interest that is flowing and it will flow out of the country. so political impact, and a big economic danger signal too, martha. martha: we know, it was a huge focus of the rnc last week in tampa. big debt clock that loomed over the proceedings there. you simply don't hear much though about the debt from president obama. do you expect we'll hear hear anything about it at all this week? >> very little because it is a big
. some speakers struck that tone. i think the major speakers did, particularly michelle obama. that was kind of a broad based address that would appeal more broadly to nonpolitical people. bill clinton to a certain degree. president obama was more like mitt romney. i think there was more preaching to the choir in those final night addresses by romney and obama than there was anything else. you have to do that too. you have to energize the base. i'll tell you again, what strikes me is how dug in people are this year. i don't think anything is going to change very much. this will be a close competitive contest, probably all the way to the end. >> they will be fighting it out all the way to the end. >> politics and foreign policy taking center stage during the final night of the democratic national convention. after a video narrated by tom hanks which highlighted the death of osama bin laden and the strength of the american military, a grouch veterans including some retired generals took the stage as the crowd said thank you. massachusetts senator and 2004 presidential candidate
lady michelle obama arrives here in charlotte today. and last week she told david letterman she hopes americans tune in to the conventions because, rob and paula, she said that's when the campaign begins. >> though she admitted she didn't watch the rnc at all. >> true. >> she knows what they're going to say. >> karen, question for you. obama and biden really burning up the frequent flyer miles during the battleground states. what's on the agenda today? >> they really want to steal back the spotlight. biden in michigan today. a critical state for them. the president in ohio today. he is going there, a state they're paying a lot of attention to. both campaigns are really pouring a lot of resources in. but rob, you will like this one, he will have a little detour, heading down to louisiana later today. he is going to meet with officials there to survey the flood damage and get a briefing on how things are going. chance for him to look presidential, but rob, paula, remember, mitt romney did it last week. he beat him to it when he went down last friday. >> he did. got a jump on him, too. a
wrestler picked up the first lady michelle obama. what is it with picking up the obamas? cnn political director mark preston joins me now. >> what do you think the secret service was thinking when that gentleman decided to pick the president up like that? >> i don't know. what is it? it's so bizarre. that pizza shop owner, i guess, was a republican, right? >> he was overcome with a little bit of excitement. who wouldn't be excited, i guess, if the president showed up at your pizza shop. >> he said as a republican he voted for obama in the last election. i take it he's going to vote for him again this time. mark, let's talk about this latest poll and the latest fundraising figures for the president. he has a lot to be happy about. >> he sure does. he's certainly seen a bump from what we've seen from this gallup poll. as you said, we'll have our own poll in just a few hours that will really gauge where we are in the race after both conventions are over. he has good news when it comes to fundraising. in the month of june, in the month of july president obama was outraised by the republica
, the big night for michelle obama and ohio's decent, you know, up on the float over there, as you saw, the president will be there tomorrow and martha, this is where we are today. >> martha and, not a basketball net in sight, at the moment. >> bill: right. >> martha thank you, bill. what a sight that is. it gets underway and there are some tightening polls out there, we are looking at this morning, as we get new numbers in and that will force president obama to ramp it up on the campaign trail and he said it is something he absolutely wants to do. some of what is out there includes new attacks, against his rival, mitt romney, but, is the president spending too much time talking about governor romney and not enough talking about his own record? that is the big question. >> you say i keep talking about mitt romney, i keep talking about mitt romney, because, all mitt romney does is talk about barack obama, and, this election is a choice. where you will hear this week, in charlotte, the president will present a clear agenda for the future, that talks about how we build a sound economy, an
years later. part of what the president said when he later went on with first lady michelle obama to the pentagon was outside all the horror and tragedy, there is still hope that come out of that. take a listen. >> scripture tells us to not be overcome by evil. but over come evil with good. there is no better way to honor the best in those who died than by discovering the best in ourselves. this anniversary allows us to to renew our faith. even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn. >> reporter: is a was walk to the north lawn marine one was lifting off from the south lawn. he will be at the walter reed medical center to honor some wounded warriors. they are trying to not make this about politics today and make sure they remember the victims of 9/11. megyn: we are getting more information about that axlerod tweet going after mitt romney today. we'll bring that story to you in a moment. members of the house and senate filling the steps in front of the capital building on 9/11. the householding a similar observance before leaders of the house and senate made some remarks on
. >> stephanie: rupert murdoch tweeted about how great the dnc was and how great bill clinton and michelle obama were. [ scooby-doo's "huh?" ] what's going on? >> they even -- they wanted chris christie to be their bill clinton essentially. and christie just came out there with this mess nary speech of -- this mercenary speech of i'm setting myself up for 2016. >> stephanie: by the way when a chris christie speech flops in the forest -- that makes a sound! you know what i'm saying? >> other countries hear it. >> if you need a belt of a ryan to keep your pants up, it is time to lay off the cheez whiz. >> jim! >> stephanie: see you next week honey. [ applause ] yea! 46 minutes after the hour. right back on "the stephanie miller show." >> so i guess that makes our naughty parts tingle. >> announcer: it's "the stephanie miller show." anybody? anybody? what time is it? oh, right. go time! only on current tv. double miles you can "actually" use. but with those single mile travel cards... [ bridesmaid ] blacked out... but i'm a bridesmai
'm not surprised at all because i've gotten to know her. she's fantastic. i also think michelle obama did a very good job. there were a lot of very good jobs, but i think the democrats had more appropriate people to the party than the republicans did. >> steve: there was also bill clinton who gave a great if not very long speech on behalf of the current president. >> he did. >> steve: the day after the president gave his speech, donald, and by all accounts, the president flat in comparison to some of the soaring rhetoric that we've heard in the past, the day after, out pops the jobs number and it just couldn't be worse for the white house.6,000d 368,000 people left the hunt for jobs. for every job created, four people dropped out. the economic news couldn't get worse for the president. >> right. it was a bad report. it was a very bad report, was not covered as badly and as -- the way it should have been, but frankly, i'm listening to made in america or made in the usa, regardless of what he's saying, why isn't he doing something about china? he never attacks china. he's not stopping the problem
. here you have michelle obama, the mayor of san antonio, texas, the keynoter. hispanic, to try to reaffirm the support he has among hispanics. the vice president and president. i think this is a little bit more about messaging. it's more about some of the core attacks that they'll make against governor romney. >> what does president obama have to do this convention? >> his own records leaves a lot of americans wanting. the reason this is a dead even race, the reason that governor romney is in this thing is because the economy is in the state it is. people feel like after four years things are as bad or worse than they were when president obama came into office. that not the fulfillment of the promise that he had when he ascended to the presidency. he has to deal with that disappointment out there. >> but you talked on something when you talked about the latino vote. it was obvious watching the republican national convention you had suzanne martinez, who spoke in both english and spanish, who is such a diamond in the rough and then you had romney's son who gave his entire speech
, michelle obama the first night, president clinton last night and president obama tonight. i think we've got a trifecta. >> yeah. there's been some powerful speeches. it's been said that clinton in 20 seconds made the best sell for the president, better than the white house has been able to make in four years, what do you make of that? >> there's only one bill clinton. did a great job last night. i think he really summed it up is that under democrats america gets jobs. under the republicans we don't do so well, and i think our president tonight will continue the effort to make sure that americans know the facts, and heard a lot of fibs last week at the republican convention and it's time to straighten out the record. >> still though, some read it as bit of a liability, that the white house or the president himself can't make that case. in the end, politics are a singles game, not a doubles game. how much pressure son him to sell himself tonight? >> well, i'm a white sox fan, and so is president obama, and we're in first place. we're going to stay in first place, and i think president obama c
capitalism. in michelle obama's speech she said it's more important to try than to succeed. it is not how much money you make but how hard you work. >> these are all good platitudes. no one is going to disagree money doesn't help happiness and we want to help people that need help. they put forward all these platitudes as if -- they have the good stances. they want to help children. the republicans don't. they want to help people get education. the republicans don't. they want to help people have retirement. every time they say that -- >> all they want to do is talk about it. look at who they're appealing to, people who don't understand what a profit is. what they don't understand is the people who help people are the people who make the most money because making money is a sign of how many people you helped because you figured out what the consumer wanted and gave it to them at a low price and that is how you got rich. >> as long as there is competition. now it's a global market place. >> it's always been a global market place. >> but our companies need to be as lean as they can to succe
that at all. >> did you hear any of that, tony? >> what about michelle obama? >> i think he just cited elizabeth warren's prime time speech. >> but do you have all the good positions, the democrats do. you care about people, not greedy money. you don't want to cut off health care for old people, you you love old people, you care about educating children. and by definition, i guess republicans are on the opposite side of all those positions which is a lousy -- you staked out all the good positions. >> this is working out great. >> it's difficult to run on that platform. >> it's that kind of rhetoric actually that really makes any kind of reform just impossible, right? because any reform of any existing system means that you are by definition, you know, just -- you want to create pottervilles in america by doing anything. >> it's working, though. >> i don't understand that at all. i mean, look, let's bring it down to kind of a reality level here. reform. okay. certainly i feel very strongly that the financial sector needs reform. and financial regulatory reform which dodd-frank passed un
harry moment here at the democratic national convention. michelle obama will speak on the first night. former president bill clinton will formally nominate mr. obama man 00 second and deliver a speech that may be as important as the president's own acceptance speech. the third and final night. the obama campaign has been using mr. clinton a lot pick stick with the president with all the disappointment in the economy president's role is toe radio mind voters he last economy with full employment. budget surplus of course was gone a year after republicans reclaimed oval was o. we will also hear from john kerry, the head of the foreign relations committee who is on the short list of replacements for hillary clinton for secretary of state if mr. obama is reelected. foreign policy and national security have seen strong suits for president in contrast to past democrats. 6,000 democratic delegates are headed here to cherlt next week. that will make this twice the sides of the republican gathering in north carolina. in 2008 he was the first democrat it carry north carolina since jimmy carter.
the obama and clinton and michelle, themselves. you had mary j. blige and mark anthony singing the national anthem, and the democratic chair did not have an interesting moment, but what is interesting is that the republicans booed obama and the democrats booed god, so theyh
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